8 People Hurt When Bus and SUV Collide in Somerset

8 People Hurt When Bus and SUV Collide in Somerset Photo: Facebook image courtesy of Lakeview Health Emergency Services

July 16, 2017 05:31 PM

Eight people were injured after a collision between a bus and SUV Saturday in Somerset, Wis. 

The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office said in a release the passengers were taken via New Richmond EMS and Lakeview EMS to the Westfields and Lakeview hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. 


The bus, a 2007 Van Hool tour bus owned by Lorenz Bus Service, had 41 aboard and was traveling from Lindstrom, Minnesota, to Warwick, New York, for a tour when the crash happened sometime before 2:19 p.m., the release said.

The sheriff's office says a 19-year-old Somerset woman driving a Pontiac Vibe had been northbound on State Highway 35 in western Wisconsin and about to make a left turn onto 200th Avenue when, witnesses said, the vehicle stopped suddenly. 

At the same time, a GMC Envoy driven by a 20-year-old Somerset man was following the Vibe northbound and went onto the right-hand shoulder to avoid a collision. The driver overcorrected, the release says, and veered into the southbound lane of Highway 35, striking the front left side of the bus and causing it to overturn into the ditch on the west side of the highway. 

The driver of the Vibe was uninjured. The driver of the Envoy was evaluated at the scene and released, the sheriff's office says.

The crash remains under investigation. 

New Richmond Fire and EMS, Somerset Fire and Rescue, the Somerset Police Department, Lakeview EMS and the Wisconsin State Patrol all assisted the St. Croix Sheriff's Office in the response. 


Frank Rajkowski and Michael Oakes

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